Welcome to Georgetown University’s Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute, hosted by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

TLISI offers Georgetown University faculty and staff from all campuses the opportunity to explore strategies for excellence in teaching and learning. This year’s Institute will focus on several topic areas, including effective teaching and learning practices, inclusive pedagogies, technology-enhanced learning, Ignatian pedagogy, cross-institutional and cross-departmental collaborations, and more.

We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to make TLISI "green"! We’re partnering with the Office of Sustainability to reduce the environmental impact from this year’s Institute by providing compostable materials and expanding our recycling presence.  Each registrant will also receive a free aluminum water bottle upon picking up your name badge at registration.  You can help us Go Green by bringing your reusable water bottle back with you each day, as we will be limiting our supply of single-use plastics throughout the week.  Stop by our information table anytime Monday-Thursday to learn about ways that you can help your office Go Green!
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Thursday, May 23 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Cultivating the Virtues of Good Students - 2:30 - 3:00pm

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What are the virtues that enable students to flourish as students, and how can we as teachers help our students cultivate those virtues? In this panel presentation, we will discuss our experiences in using virtue-focused pedagogy across multiple courses, and we will explain some methods instructors may use to enable their students to cultivate the virtues of good students. First, we will introduce the idea of a virtue-focused pedagogy and why including virtues of a good student in one's pedagogical paradigm is worthwhile. The virtues of a good student are broad-based: they include intellectual excellences, as well as moral ones; they are cognitive, but also motivational and affective. Because of this, a virtue-focused approach is especially well-suited to the Ignatian ideal of educating the whole person (cura personalis). Second, after introducing the benefits of a virtue-focused approach to pedagogy, we will look at the development inside the classroom of both individual virtues of mind (such as attentiveness and mindfulness) and more social virtues (such as the courage to speak up and open-mindedness to peers). We will present lecture material, in-class activities, and tips on how to model in-class virtues. Third, we will discuss the out-of-class virtues of a good student. These include not only the familiar virtues of hard work, such as grit and perseverance, but also virtues that are perhaps less obvious, such as charitable reading, epistemic cooperation with peers, and the self-awareness to seek help in office hours. Finally, we will discuss how to encourage the virtues that will enable our students to be life-long learners, such as wonder, curiosity, and a willingness to fail. We will present an Ignatian-pedagogy-based virtue journal designed to help students reflect on and intentionally develop the virtues of a life-long learner, as well as discuss how to advise former students on university life and career aspirations. We plan to leave ample time throughout and at the end of the presentation for discussion.

Audience and outcomes note: Instructors (including both graduate and faculty instructors) are the intended audience. Participants will learn about a virtue-focused pedagogical framework and multiple methods for cultivating the virtues of good students. The audience discussion will also allow experienced instructors to contribute their insights into how they help students develop the virtues of being a good student.


Molly Wilder

PhD Candidate in Philosophy, Georgetown University

Thursday May 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Film Screening Room